We are back this Tuesday night with another round of esports best bets! Take a look as we provide some of our favourite tips from the CS:GO and DOTA2 titles below.
CS:GO ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe
North have played two matches with their coach Jumpy as a stand-in player instead of one of their star player, Kjaerbye, which would make anyone believe they would struggle. Well they didn’t. North managed to win both of their last two matches, first beating Movistar Riders without losing a single map, to which they added an amazing 2-1 win over G2 Esports, who are one of the best European teams as of now. As far as their other matches at RtR are concerned, North defeated mousesports and c0ntact but lost to FaZe, GODSENT and Copenhagen Flames. Heretics started their RtR campaign with an amazing three-game winning streak, defeating the likes of Dignitas, ENCE and Complexity, but have since cooled down and lost to Fnatic, Astralis, NiP and Vitality. They're also participating at BLAST Rising, where they have won three matches against AVEU. Secret and sAw.
North are entering this match priced as underdogs, which is something I can't argue with, since they are playing with their coach, but looking at Heretics' roster, they're nothing special. North have beaten much stronger teams before so they're an obvious value pick. Bet on North to deliver!
CS:GO ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe
ENCE are currently the only team that is actively using their six-player roster and it looks like that was just what they needed to go through a resurgence. Comparing to how they looked like at the start of the season, the current version of ENCE is performing much better. They played with Jamppi at the Elisa Invitational 2020, where they won all of their matches against GODSENT, Dignitas and twice against Apeks. As for RtR, they are still playing with their old roster due to Jamppi's VAC ban and managed to win against Fnatic, Dignitas and Vitality. ENCE, however, were unable to seal the deal against Heretics, NiP, Complexity and Astralis. From what I've seen, they still lack some discipline, but overall, ENCE look much better than how they did a couple of months ago.
Copenhagen Flames are in a similar form as ENCE in the RtR with only three wins out of seven matches played. They won against c0ntact, North and Movistar Riders and lost against GODSENT, G2, FaZe and mousesports with a 1-2 scoreline. Their 1-2 losses suggest CPH are a very competitive team who could defeat any of those four teams if they had a bit more luck on their side.
Looking at the odds for this match, I am not sure if am prepared to trust North to win and the low odds make it even harder to side with them. CPH have proven they're a decent team and considering they are more than capable of forcing a three-map series, betting on over 2.5 maps seems like the best bet to take here.
CS:GO ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe
Many bettors were expecting Fnatic to dominate RtR as they did in the ESL Pro League, where they managed to win the whole league with only three loses against BIG, Natus Vincere and OG. At RtR, we did not get that kind of Fnatic, but instead a team that can either play like a proper top team or like a complete mess that barely deserves to be amongst the top 10 teams in the world. So far, Fnatic lost against ENCE, Dignitas, Team Vitality and NiP, but managed to defeat Astralis, Heretics and Complexity. Movistar Riders shocked the world on the opening day of RtR, when they defeated mousesports, to which they added a mediocre 2-1 win against c0ntact. Since then, Movistar worsened and picked up four straight losses against FaZe, G2, Copenhagen Flames and North.
While Movistar managed to bounce back with a win against GODSENT in the previous round, I can't find a way to compare them to Fnatic, who are miles ahead in both team play and individual skill. We did see Fnatic crash and burn before, but if they will take this match seriously (which they must), this should be an easy sweep for the Swedes!
DOTA2 WePlay! Pushka League Season 1: Division 2
Team Unique and Vikin.gg are slated to meet in the grand finals of WePlay! Pushka League Season 1: Division 2 in what promises to be an exciting, yet a very one-sided bout. Vikin.gg are entering this match priced as massive favourites and I generally don't have any arguments to make against that. The ESL One Los Angeles 2020 - Online: Europe & CIS bronze medallists have yet to drop a single map this tournament and it seems like they're not ready to do so just yet. Team Unique, on the other side, barely made it into the playoffs after winning the third-place tiebreaker against NOVA. In the playoffs, they edged past Empire Hope (2-1) and Cyber Legacy (2-1), which are not bad results per se. Another thing worth noting here is that Team Unique lost only one match this tournament since they replaced CyberTRAKTOR and took over their 0-2 record, so they're not as bad as it may seem.
Vikin.gg met with Team Unique three times this year and came out ahead with a clean sweep every single time. This alone is a massive concern when trying to side with the underdogs. There are not a lot of arguments to be made in favour of Team Unique here. They had shown a fair amount of quality in their run through the league, but Vikin.gg are clearly a level above their competition. With 2.20 offered on Viking.gg to walk away with a clean sweep, this is a bet that becomes hard to ignore.
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